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Mar
3

2017-2018 School Calendar

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Feb
27

SWCK Open Day on Saturday 11th March!

Small World Christian Kindergarten very first Open Day will be held on Saturday, 11th March, and you are cordially invited to participate in this fun-filled day!  There will be an opportunity to take a tour around the school, meet the teachers, and see first-hand what learning is like at Small World. Please come and join us with your family!

Registration and Event Information here!

Feb
16

Newsletter Vol. 81 – 16 Feb 2017

Year 2 Update

Exit Point: Year two celebrated the end of their unit, Media Magic. Communication was the focus of this unit. They enthusiastically shared their learning with their parents……

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Jan
26

Newsletter Vol. 80 – 26 Jan 2017

Happy Chinese New Year!

The students gave wonderful performances yesterday at both Chinese New Year Concerts!
Island Christian Academy has a holistic, integrated approach to learning. We certainly saw this in evidence yesterday, with Chinese Studies (both culture and language), Music, Dance, Drama and Art. We also saw areas of the International Primary and Middle Years Curricula such as society, international mindedness and the personal goals in evidence.
Thank you parents, families and friends for supporting us, and a big thank you to all staff who were involved, particularly the Chinese Studies staff.

Read more …………

Jan
19

Principal’s Newsletter – 19 Jan 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

I wrote in the the last school newsletter that we will be trialling different forms of communication, to better target and meet the needs of our school community.
This is the first of the separate ‘higher level’ letters that I aim to write on specific topics two to three times per term.

This Friday is Student-led Conference day, and some of you may be thinking ‘What is the point of having a student-led conference, rather than a parent-teacher interview?’
It is appropriate, therefore, for the topic of this letter to be ‘Why have Student-led Conferences?’

Improving student learning through student led conferences:

Island Christian Academy focusses on improving student learning. With our implementation of the International Primary Curriculum, I have learned as a leader to …. continue reading ……

Jan
12

Principal’s Message Vol.79 – Jan 2017

Dear Island Christian Academy Community,

Welcome back for term 2. A big welcome to all our new families as well. It looks as if our new students are settling in well, and our returning students are glad to be back! Most of you may notice that the front of our newsletter has a new look.

We will be trialling different forms of communication to better target and meet the needs of our school community. Instead of the Principal’s short letter on the front page every time, I will write a separate, higher level, longer letter on specific topics 2 – 3 times per term. This will be separate from the newsletter which contains ‘short life’ updates, reminders etc.

In addition to this, most newsletters will contain information from other school leaders/managers, such as subject and year-group co-ordinators, vice and deputy principal. I welcome your feedback regarding this.

Debbie Middleton,
Principal

Jan
11

Student Led Conferences 20th January, 2017

We will be holding our Student Led Conferences  on Friday, 20th  January from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Students should come to school with their parents to attend their individual Student Led Conference, according to their interview schedule. Students will share their work and individual learning targets during the session. There will be NO regular class and school bus service on that day.

Students and parents will be allocated a 15-minute time slot for meeting with the classroom teacher. We request that parents respect the interview time limit, so that there will be no delay. We also remind parents to book your interview via the PTO online booking within the prescribed window. Please be aware that NO late bookings or re-scheduling of meetings will be accepted once the window is closed.

PTO Booking Instructions

By using the Parent Teacher Online (PTO) online booking system, you will be able to book the interview time that suits you best from any internet-connected computer. The PTO online booking window will be opened from Thursday, 12th January at 9:00 a.m. to Wednesday, 18th January at 5 p.m.

Dec
15

Principal’s Message Vol.78 – Dec 2016

Dear Island Christian Academy,

Thank you very much for your support over the last term, and this year of 2016. So much has happened over this last year, and the school has grown a lot in this time, in more ways than one.

Thank you very much for supporting the students and staff in the fabulously successful whole school production of The Magical Christmas Jigsaw last week. We have received a huge amount of positive feedback about it —thank you, we are all so pleased and relieved that it was so successful. It is no easy task putting on a show that includes the whole school — all 360 students — not just the show, but all the logistics around it as well. All the staff were involved in some way; my thanks again to all the staff for going the extra mile—or two—or three! The DVD will be available in the new year, and some photos have been included further on in this newsletter.

IslandCA has started a tradition of presenting a major production every two years. The last time we did one was Christmas of 2014. We look forward to the next major production in the school year of 2018/19. We had positive feedback about this venue, so we will look at booking the same venue well in advance and we think that, although the auditorium has a capacity of about 640, we will need to present the next production twice, because this time around the auditorium was full, and there were more people who wanted to buy tickets than were available.

Thank you very much to all the parents and grandparents who supported our young carollers on Sunday in singing on Hollywood Road. Grana Fitting Room appreciated it so much they have given the IslandCA community a code to receive 10% discount until the 31st December; GranaxICS is the code.
Many students in the school went out carolling in the local parks over the last week during the lunch times. The public showed enjoyment in hearing them sing. Thank you very much to our music teachers for giving up so much of their time to make this happen. Please see photos of carollers further on in the news letter.

We farewell two families today who came through Small World to IslandCA when the school first started in 2012; the Holmes and Kanaley families. Oliver (Senior A) and his younger sister Ava (3A) are returning to England, their home country, to live. Our especial thanks to Sam (their Mum) who has been the most vocal and active supporter of IslandCA since its inception. You will be soooo missed! Scarlett (Senior B) will be returning to Australia, her home country, to live. Thank you to you all for being such an established part of our school community we will miss you all. We wish you all Godspeed and blessings on your move and settling in to a new phase of life.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Have a wonderful celebration and holiday; keep safe and healthy!
Debbie Middleton,
Principal

Dec
1

Principal’s Message Vol.77 – Dec 2016

Dear IslandCA Community, 你好!

Christmas Production – The Magical Christmas Jigsaw!
It is the countdown to the big night! Most families have their tickets; most children have their costumes, words and actions. Staff are all trusting it will be ‘right on the night’! We look forward to seeing you at Youth Square on Tuesday night. If you are unable to get a ticket for Tuesday night, or if you have young children, it is possible to come to the final dress rehearsal. See details further on in the newsletter.

ICEC Asia Conference
It is commonly known in our community that IslandCA is a member of the Council of International Schools and an IPC accredited school. What is not commonly known is that IslandCA is a member of ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International). It was a great experience for our teachers and leaders to attend the four day ACSI International Christian Educator Conference last week from Wednesday to Saturday.
The education conferences available to leaders and teachers in the past have not been specifically Christian schools conferences, so we have come back feeling inspired and affirmed! We networked with educators in similar positions in other Christian schools, attended a range of workshops, and listened to high calibre keynote speakers.
The theme was ‘Teaching with Wisdom’ based on the verse in Colossians 1-28. The conference ended with an uplifting keynote from Stuart Stemple – a permanent resident of Hong Kong, now living and working in Thailand. He credits his school years at an international Christian school for preparing him to make an impact on the world at the the highest levels. Four areas he mentioned for which he felt particularly well prepared were:
(1) Self awareness, (2) Awareness of others, (3) Learning agility (transferring experiences to guide him
now), (4) Love for God and for His world.

School Fees for the next school year
Budgets have been prepared for next year, and the school tuition fees to meet the budget required have been calculated by the Generations Christian Education Finance Team and approved by the School Management Committee. GenCE’s Chief Operations Officer and I shared and discussed the information with the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) earlier this week.
The main addition you will notice are the different Primary and Middle Years fees. This is due to the substantially differentiated programme that will be offered to our Middle Years students next year. This is mainly in the area of hiring 6 FTE’s (full time equivalent staff). Note that the capital levy will remain unchanged.

God bless you,
Debbie Middleton
Principal

Nov
18

Principal’s Message Vol.76 – Nov 2016

Dear IslandCA Community, Buongiorno, Konnichiwa, 你好!

It is such a pleasure to be writing the IslandCA Newsletter, whilst Debbie is away at camp with the Year 6 and 7 students. As this is my first newsletter, I thought I would share with you something that is close to my heart, and probably, to many of your hearts also! ―Being a Third Culture Child‖ or in my case a ―Third Culture Adult.

As many of you know I am English and I was born in England. However, by the time I had reached 18, my family and I had lived in six places in four countries, I also attended international schools between the ages of four and nine, in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Q: What is a ‘third culture kid’?
A: Someone who grows up in a country or countries other than their own, as are many of the students at IslandCA.

Q: What is the difference between a ‘third culture kid’ and someone who isn’t?
A: Third Culture Kids are usually very comfortable meeting new people, moving to new places and they are often quite knowledgeable about the world. However as ―third culture kids‖ get older, they may find it more difficult to develop and keep meaningful friendships, as deep down they may be afraid of losing their friends. They may also find it hard to live in one place for a long time as they may become restless. They may feel ―different‖ to others around them, when they are not in an international or expatriate setting.

Q: How can parents help when their children are growing up?
A: It is important that the ―third culture kid‖ knows where they come from and that they have a connection with the place(s). For example, when I was growing up in the Middle East, we visited the same place in England every summer where we had a small bungalow. It is also good to talk to your children about being a ―third culture kid‖, and lastly, it is good to help and encourage your children to keep in touch with good friends by writing letters, sending emails or even Skyping.

Q: What about moving back home?
A: This can be challenging. It is important to try and keep up to date a little with local media, as this will help your children settle in more easily when they return home. I remember feeling left out of many conversations about children‖s television, as well as dressing and speaking differently.

Q: Have there been any books written about ‘third culture kids’?
A: Yes! ―Third Culture Kid‖ by David C Pollock and Ruth E Van Reken, ―Raising Global Nomads‖ by Robin Pascoe, ―Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child‖ by Julia Simens.
On another note, it is only two more days to IslandCA‖s yearly Christmas Fair, and I am very much looking forward to seeing many of you there.

Wishing you all a wonderful few weeks as we build up to this busy but very special time of the year.

God Bless You,
Charlie Owen, Vice Principal